Magazine article Screen International

Juliette Lewis Reacts to Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Magazine article Screen International

Juliette Lewis Reacts to Harvey Weinstein Scandal

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“No, the good news is I scared everyone,” replied Lewis when questioned whether she was ever subject to predatory advances.

Juliette Lewis

US actress Juliette Lewis told a masterclass at Turkey’s Antalya International Film Festival on Sunday that she had never been subject to sexual predatory behaviour during her career, joking she was too scary.

Lewis had told press agents that the topic of the disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and the resulting backlash against a culture of sexual predatory behaviour in Hollywood was off-limits.

But she agreed to answer a question on the issue during a public Q&A at the end of the masterclass, when asked by a local journalist whether she had ever been the victim of such behaviour.

“No, the good news is I scared everyone. Even at 15 people thought I might blow their head off. That’s a good power to have,” quipped the Natural Born Killers star, adding: “I’m kidding.”

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“I think in any field it’s nice when things get revealed and people can stop oppressing other people. So, it’s important in any line of work that people get found out for their crimes,” she added on a more serious note.

Lewis, who is an honorary guest of the Antalya, was presented with the keys to the city on Turkey’s Mediterranean Riviera at the opening night ceremony on Saturday.

Career highlights

In a masterclass on Sunday afternoon, Lewis discussed a number of career highlights kicking-off with her big break opposite Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear.

She recalled how the both the media and spectators assumed at the time of the film’s release that Scorsese had discovered in her a girl who corresponded to her character of Danielle Bowden, the at once innocent and provocative teenager who falls under the charm of serial rapist Max Cody.

“I was 18 when I did Cape Fear, playing a 14-year-old, and so many people thought that Scorsese had just found me and that I really was that girl but I wasn’t,” said Lewis.

“I auditioned for it. That character is based on a young girl I met in a park who was holding a kitten. …

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